Sri Lanka U-19 v India U-19, 1st Youth Test, Colombo, 1st day August 4, 2007

Kohli ton boosts India to 301

Cricinfo staff

Day 1 Sri Lanka Under-19 5 for 2 trail India Under-19 301 (Kohli 144, Sangwan 57, Kavikara 3-72) by 296 runs

A counter-attacking 144 by Virat Kohli helped India Under-19 recover to post 301 on the opening day of the first Test against Sri Lanka Under-19 at the Colts Cricket Club in Colombo. India were struggling at one stage at 74 for 5 before the Delhi duo of Kohli and Pradeep Sangwan (57) pushed the side to a respectable total.

The top order made starts but failed to convert them as the Sri Lankans made early inroads. A double strike by Navin Kavikara saw the visitors lose half their side for 74, before Shreevats Goswami and Kohli started the recovery with a stand of 62. Sangwan joined Kohli with the score on 167 and the pair added a further 111 to wrest the initiative. Sangwan scored four boundaries in his half century while Kohli's knock was studded with 21 boundaries, including a six. He kept the tempo up, despite the fall of wickets, facing 185 balls in his knock. The Sri Lankans stumbled in their reply, losing their openers to left-arm spinner KP Appanna with five runs on the board at stumps.